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2f003 SALLE DE L'ETOILE linen French 1p 1902 Coulet art of audience, girl & early movie projector!

Date Sold 9/3/2013
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Linenbacked French One-Panel "Grande" Poster (1p; measures 46 1/4" x 62 1/2" [117 x 159 cm]) (Learn More)

Salle de L'Etoile, the circa 1902 French stock poster used to promote attractions, concerts and movies shown at the theater at Place Badouilliere in St. Etienne, France, and featuring Leon Gabriel Louis Coulet art of a gorgeous angelic showgirl holding a staff with a star on top of it next to a running vintage film projector while a smiling audience sits below (most surviving posters from this very beginning of motion pictures merely advertised that they are showing motion pictures, and not WHAT they were showing, because movies were so new that simply going to one was an event in itself!). Certainly, in the case of this poster, the theater would either overprint the large right area with a list of what the current attractions were, or possibly attach a paper snipe to that area if they wanted to use it again for different movies. This poster is especially fascinating because it likely contains one of the first artwork depictions of a very early movie projector! If anyone knows more about this poster, please e-mail us and we will post it here.
Artist: Leon Gabriel Louis Coulet
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Overall Condition and Pre-Restoration Defects with Quality of Restoration: very good. The poster was never folded. It had a small circular area of paper loss in the upper center of the poster in the white background area. There were some faint smudges and tiny brown dot stains scattered throughout. Overall, the poster was in very good condition prior to linenbacking (especially considering it is well over 100 years old!). The restorer backed the poster "in the European style", meaning that they did not do restoration to the defects described above, but they are really not very distracting (and a talented restorer could touch them up without re-backing the poster).
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